With the 120GB version of the Torch, Patriot stuffed newer, low-cost 16nm flash in a case, and paired it with a controller designed for low-cost caching. The Phison S9 omits a DRAM buffer, like early JMicron SSDs that gave first generation consumer SSDs a bad name. Thankfully, we recovered. To reduce the cost to consumers further, the Torch products also do away with any retail packaging. Patriot managed to convince Amazon to take the parts, where they sell at very low prices.
The Patriot Torch 240GB we reviewed earlier this week wasn't bad for the $105 price, but the 120GB model we tested today that sells for less than $60 isn't in the same ballpark. The 120GB model lacks performance in all areas, and when the drive is worn down through heavy workloads, might actually be slower than some of the newer mechanical based drives on the market, at least in sequential tests.
Patriot does have the right idea though. Consumers are looking for solid state products at rock-bottom prices thanks to the technology's endurance, reliability, and performance. We hear the term 'better than a hard drive' quite often when discussing very low cost SSDs, but in some cases, better can be a stretch, and not the same technical term we'd use.
PRICING: You can find the Patriot Torch 120GB SSD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Patriot Torch 120GB SSD retails for $65.99 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||80%|
|Bundle and Packaging||N/A|
|Value for Money||75%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||69%|
The Bottom Line: Low cost, low performance. The Patriot Torch internals were designed for something else entirely. Even for its designed purpose, we think this one should be taken off of your list and replaced with the larger 240GB model.
- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Pricing, and Availability]
- Page 2 [Patriot Torch 120GB SSD]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Initial Performance]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Sequential Performance]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Mixed Read / Write Workloads]
- Page 7 [PCMark 8 Consistency Test]
- Page 8 [PCMark 8 Consistency Test - Continued]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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